Interview-Based Study Consent Form for Instructors
Consent of Instructors to Participate in a Research Study Colorado State University
TITLE OF STUDY: Female Adjunct Faculty: A Feminist Examination of Working Conditions for Instructors of Composition in Local and National Contexts
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Dr. Kathleen Kiefer, Professor and Assistant Chair, English Department
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Elizabeth Boyle, Master’s Candidate, Communication Development
WHY AM I BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH? You are being asked to take part in this interview because we believe that your experience working as an instructor of composition will help answer questions about the dynamics of composition instructor work conditions for women in the local context in relation to composition instructor work conditions as they are discussed theoretically and in national contexts.
WHO IS DOING THE STUDY? Under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Kiefer, the principal investigator, Ms. Boyle, the co-principal investigator, will conduct the interview and synthesize the information obtained from the interview.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY? The goal of this study is to determine the challenges women face as instructors of composition. This topic is of particular relevance to women because they compose a disproportionate number of instructors of composition in English departments both locally and nationally. We will examine the dynamics of composition instructor work conditions for women in the local context (the Colorado State University English department) in relation to composition instructor work conditions as they are discussed theoretically and in national contexts.
WHERE IS THE STUDY GOING TO TAKE PLACE AND HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? The study will take place on the CSU campus in the office of the interviewee. The interview will last approximately 45 minutes.
WHAT WILL I BE ASKED TO DO? You will be asked to participate in a tape-recorded interview in which you will answer a set of questions asked by Ms. Boyle, the co-principal investigator. The questions will ask you to discuss your experiences working in an administrative position in which you hired and worked with instructors of composition. The questions will also ask you to discuss your opinions about the working conditions of instructors of composition. The interview will be tape-recorded, but if at any point in the interview you should wish to speak off record, you have the right to do so.
ARE THERE REASONS WHY I SHOULD NOT TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?There are no reasons that you should not participate in this interview. The co-principal investigator assures confidentiality regarding all information obtained during the interview.
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WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS?
The loss of confidentiality is the only known risk for subjects. Risks of breaches in confidentiality are minor as they are unlikely to occur because primary investigator, co-investigator, and advisor of the co-investigator will take various actions to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
- All interviewees will choose a pseudonym before the official interview begins; the interviewees will be referred to by the pseudonym throughout all areas of the research study, including in transcripts, on tapes, and in analysis and publication. No research materials will be marked with interviewees’ names.
- Tapes and transcripts of interviews will be kept in a locked drawer in the office of Dr. Kiefer.
- Ms. Boyle will be the only person who knows the link between each interviewee and his or her pseudonym.
- Ms. Boyle will be the only person to listen to the tapes of the interview.
- Ms. Boyle will code anything in interviewee responses that could be identifying. For example, if a professor says she taught at Hollins University, the transcription will say that she taught at a small east coast school.
- There will be no category of interviewees in which there is only one candidate. This point ensures that no interviewee will be identifiable according to the characteristics for which she was included in the study.
- It is not possible to identify all potential risks in research procedures, but the researcher(s) have taken reasonable safeguards to minimize any known and potential, but unknown, risks.
WILL I BENEFIT FROM TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY? There are no known benefits for participating; however, you may benefit from taking part in the following ways: 1.) We hope this interview will give you the opportunity to verbally consider your experiences working with composition instructors; taking the time to reflect on life and career decisions is often a useful exercise. 2.) We anticipate that you will be making a significant contribution to your immediate community by providing thoughtful information that, when combined with the information shared by others in the department involved in the study, we hope will shed light on the position of the composition instructor in CSU’s English department. 3.) We hope you will be making a significant contribution to the overall body of knowledge on this topic that affects English departments nationally.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE PART IN THE STUDY? Your participation in this interview is voluntary. If you decide to participate in the study, you may withdraw your consent and stop participating at any time without penalty.
WHAT WILL IT COST ME TO PARTICIPATE? There are no costs to participate.
WHO WILL SEE THE INFORMATION THAT I GIVE? We will keep private all research records that identify you, to the extent allowed by law.
Your information will be combined with information from other people taking part in the study. When we write about the study to share it with other researchers, we will write about the combined information we have gathered. You will not be identified in these written materials. We may publish the results of this study; however, we will keep your name and other identifying information private.
CAN MY TAKING PART IN THE STUDY END EARLY? Your participation in this interview is voluntary. You may withdraw your consent and stop participating at any time during the interview without penalty.
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WILL I RECEIVE ANY COMPENSATION FOR TAKING PART IN THIS STUDY? Although you will receive no monetary or material compensation for your participation, we hope you will be making a significant contribution to the overall body of knowledge on this topic.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM INJURED BECAUSE OF THE RESEARCH? The Colorado Governmental Immunity Act determines and may limit Colorado State University's legal responsibility if an injury happens because of this study. Claims against the University must be filed within 180 days of the injury.
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS? Before you decide whether to accept this invitation to take part in the study, please ask any questions that might come to mind now. Later, if you have questions about the study, you can contact:
Principal investigator, Kate Kiefer at 970-491-6845 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisor of co-investigator, Lisa Langstraat at 970-491-6838 or email@example.com
Co-investigator, Elizabeth Boyle at 970-231-8073 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about your rights as a volunteer in this research, contact Celia Walker, Director of Regulatory Compliance, at 970-491-1553. We will give you a copy of this consent form to take with you.
Your signature acknowledges that you have read the information stated and willingly sign this consent form. Your signature also acknowledges that you have received, on the date signed, a copy of this document containing 3 pages.
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